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March 16, 2017

A Post Conference Letter to our Agencies

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Hello Partner Agencies,

     Thank you for participating in our second annual Partner Network Conference. We hope you left feeling engaged, empowered and energized. The goal of the conference was to create opportunities for our agency network to collaborate, share ideas and best practices to become the strongest partner agency you can be.

We want your enthusiasm for learning new things to continue. In case you weren’t able to attend the conference or if there was a session you missed and wanted to attend, below you will find a link to our Partner Agency Website, where you’ll find all the PowerPoints from the conference.

Click here to view the PowerPoints

Click here to view Agency Photos

One part of conference that was very important to us was the survey. Understanding your responses helps us to understand how we can best serve you, what things worked, and what didn’t. Below you will find a link to the survey results.

Click here to complete the survey

One of the fun things that we noticed throughout the day was agencies from different counties sharing ideas and best practices with each other. We would love to see this continue throughout the year. We wanted to attach the roster of all the agencies who attended the conference to be used as a networking resource. You will find an excel sheet separated by county attached to this email of the attendees.

If you attended the Healthy vs. Hungry workshop with Karen Broussard and Bill Collins, then you got a chance to hear a little bit about how hunger and health are closely related.  You and your agency have an important role to play in helping your clients improve their health and manage many chronic diet-related diseases.  Bill and Karen outlined a number of ways to help, from arranging your pantry space differently to ordering more fresh produce. 

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, keep your eyes open for opportunities to advocate about food policy.  We will keep you posted about upcoming votes that will need you to raise your voice by phone, email or visits to your local, state and national elected officials.  Let us know if you’d like additional training in how to effectively advocate.  With enough interest, we could make that available.

Once again, thank you for spending the day with us and for all you do in your communities. We look forward to next year’s conference!

Warm regards—

The Second Harvest Agency Relations Team,

 

Erin Gray                                              Stephen Currence

Patti Delacruz                                                    Fernanda Delgado

March 13, 2017

Your Opinion Matters

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Hello Partner Agencies,

Every year, we conduct an agency customer service survey that helps us improve and examine our current performance across the various food bank departments and programs. The best way for us to assess our performance is by requesting that our Partner Agencies provide their opinions through a survey.

The survey is offered online and should take about 5 minutes to complete. It is confidential, and you can choose to omit sections that ask for your contact information and agency name. Below, you will find a link that will take you to the Survey Monkey survey. We ask that you please fill out all the sections that pertain to you, including those requesting comments.

The more information we receive, the better we can help you in the future. Please remember while you are filling out the survey, there are no wrong answers. We appreciate your honest feedback of the different areas.

If you have any concerns or questions about this survey, please feel free to contact Erin Gray , Egray@feedhopenow.org or 407-514-1045.

The agency customer service survey will run from Thursday February 16th, until Friday May 5th. By participating in this survey, you will be making an important contribution helping Second Harvest Food Bank to improve and serve you better.

Please remember that your opinion counts.

What do you have to do?

Please click on the link below to start the customer survey:

 

Orlando warehouse:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXPWWFV

Brevard :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMYPX5S

Volusia :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8M63KNJ

 

March 13, 2017

A Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

This year in Orange County alone, nearly 15,000 seniors face food insecurity. As “baby boomers” move into retirement, these numbers could easily increase. From a population that has helped shape so much advancement and innovation in our day-to-day life, that are grandparents, veterans, teachers, and caregivers, it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many who have to worry about having enough to eat.

An estimated 12% of the senior population in Orange County is thought to struggle with food insecurity, and while it sounds like a low number, it is important to note the effects of hunger on seniors is exponentially more devastating than other age groups.

According to Table 60, an alliance of community organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank, working together to “alleviate senior hunger through compassionate, collaborative and creative solutions”1, food insecure seniors consume fewer calories and lower quantities of key nutrients, are 50% more likely to be diabetic, are 60% more likely to have a congestive heart failure, and are 3 times more likely to suffer depression. Yet, the cost of providing a senior with enough food to eat for a year costs less than a single day in the hospital.

Thanks to community partnerships, such as Table 60, though, changes are being made to combat that.

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January 25, 2017

Saying Goodbye to a Food Bank Friend

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

We wanted to share a little bit about a dear Food Bank friend of ours who sadly passed away recently.

When we think of a person who works with and helps the senior population in Central Florida, we instantly would think of Walt Willis.  Our seniors are one of the most vulnerable and growing populations in our country, and Walt was a man who devoted most of his life to helping them.

Throughout the years, Walt has been recognized for his service with seniors, including Volunteer of the Year with the City of Orlando and Every Day Heroes on Channel 13. At Second Harvest Food Bank we could always count on Walt to join any committee, council or subgroup that we had. Walt’s devotion to senior hunger was beyond commendable.  

At Senior and Life Solution, Walt and his “food angels” would go to different seniors’ homes and deliver free, non-perishable groceries to 700 families (1,100 people) each month.  Walt partnered with approximately 100 families in senior high rises and senior recreation centers, a group of doctors deemed in dire need of food or risk hospitalization, to distribute up to 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Senior and Life Solutions Mission statement stated “… help seniors anywhere we can, except medically, have a better tomorrow than today,” This really showed how Walt and his team of volunteers were a welcome respite for the seniors they visited.

Whether Walt was at the food bank, or out and about, he would always end the conversation or visit with his signature send-off.   “Do me a favor… Have a Super Day”. Thank you Walt, for everything you did in our community to bring joy, kindness, and love to everyone you met. You will be missed.

 

Erin Gray
Agency Relations Manager